Many children are rather pleasantly affectionate with their parents, but when said affection realms into the murky waters of actual, physical licking, you’re in a whole new territory of weird.

Marcia, 68, and daughter Alena are set to appear on a new series of TLC’s sMothered, where the mother admits that she wakes her 21-year old up every day by licking her.

Presumably aired in a pre-coronavirus climate where getting another’s saliva on you isn’t the end of the world, the episode details the pair’s super strong bond and friendship.

Marcia tells the camera: “She kept pestering me for a puppy and I couldn’t get her a puppy, so I turned into the doggy. Alena tastes pretty good and all sweet, I just want to eat her all up.

Not exactly your classic mother-daughter relationship, is it?

Alena, who was adopted by Marcia when she was a toddler, adds: “I love it when my Mamma licks me, it kind of makes me feel closer to her because we’re doing something funny and out of the ordinary. It’s a thing we do every single day.”

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The two of them go onto discuss their unusual rituals in the home, admitting that the day doesn’t start until they’ve had a good old-fashioned chase around the house, which began when Alena, who has an enzyme deficiency, was very young.

Marica says: “When Alena was very little she didn’t have much stamina, so I would say, ‘You can’t get me, you can’t get me.’

“It was really a good thing to help her grow and it just continued.”

Alena then adds: “When I catch my Mamma I do all my kissy-poos and I kiss her all up. She’s very kissable.”

It’s sort of cute and yet utterly horrifying in equal measure.

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They realise outsiders might think they’re odd, but ultimately it doesn’t faze them.

Marica explains: “Some people don’t agree or they wonder what is wrong with her. I love the idea as she’s growing up of being able to do all those silly things.

“It’s getting a little tricky as she’s getting older, but still do all the same antics and we still play the same games and we have fun.”

And just when you thought things couldn’t get any weirder, perhaps even more bizarrely (if that’s even possible), on the same show in fact, it was revealed that another teen and her mum shower together daily and see nothing wrong with it.

55-year-old mum Mary and her 19-year-old daughter Brittani from Jensen Beach, Florida (obviously) revealed the somewhat unusual behaviour in a recent episode.

In a clip from the TV show, you can see Mary and Brittani in the bath together, with Mary washing her hair, saying “ah, that feels so good“, as the water hits her and later:

“You need to tan or something, honey. You’re so white“.

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Speaking of her shower times with her daughter, Mary said:

“I have been taking showers and helping Brittani since she was five.

“The best way to start our day is in the shower.

“I love her, and I don’t see anything wrong with it. I don’t believe I set out to have a relationship this close to Brittani, it’s something that was supposed to be“.

Meanwhile, Brittani seemed to echo this, saying:

“When my mom does simple things like washing my hair or my body, it makes me feel comforted.

“Plus, I’m only 19, I haven’t moved away. If that was the case, she would probably die from separation anxiety“.

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According to Mary, this all started when Brittani when used to get panic attacks due to the hot water in the shower, and she had to comfort her daughter.

That’s kind of how I started getting in the shower with her, just to comfort her because she would freak out.

“That grew into an every-other-day thing. When she was smaller, it was every day.“

Mary’s boyfriend Frank wants all of this to change though, saying that Brittani needs to move out, but Mary won’t have that, adding:

“It has caused some issues in my relationship, but he’s got to accept it. That’s how it is. He knows I love him, but I love my daughter more – she’s my life“.

Is it possible to unread something?

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The new series of sMothered airs tonight at 9pm on TLC.

Images via TLC